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'The Venture Bros.' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 22, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 22nd 2011 7:00PM
the venture bros. season 4 blu-rayIt could be argued that the world is split into two camps: those who get and love 'The Venture Bros.' and those who don't.

The bizarre, hilarious and (sometimes) brilliant Adult Swim series skewers the conventions of 1960s action toons like 'Johnny Quest' and 'Space Ghost' while paying homage to their silly and antiquated storytelling and animation styles. But 'The Venture Bros.' is much, much more than a campy parody show.

In four short seasons, creator Jackson Publick has crafted an intricate mythology for his cracked fantasy world that features an ever-growing cast of weirdo scientists, adventurers, heroes, and villains with dueling agendas, strange love lives and shifting personalities.

The Complete Fourth Season, available today on Blu-ray along with Season 4, Volume 2 on DVD, follows the Venture family as they're separated from brawny bodyguard Brock Samson and Dean Venture is tasked with killing Hitler, whose soul has been transferred to a bull dog. Yeah, a bull dog. Like I said, two camps!

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'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 15, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 15th 2011 6:15PM
batman brave bold dvdThe Dark Knight's animated adventures in 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' offer a pleasant departure from Christopher Nolan's dark and broody Bat-films.

The Nolan flicks are great, but 'Brave and the Bold' feels almost revolutionary and, in a way, punk rock in its depiction of Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting world as a colorful, jokey, kid's comic book come to life.

Catch up with the sunny Cartoon Network series with 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' Season 1, Part 2 available today on DVD. The show isn't exactly for everyone, but it should please any Batfan looking for a smart, action-packed and humor-filled dose of cartoon superhero badassery.

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'The Walking Dead' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 8, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 8th 2011 12:00PM
AMC and Anchor Bay EntertainmentIt's a good day for discerning gorehounds: Season 1 of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' hits DVD and Blu-ray today. (Didya enter our giveaway yet?) Both sets feature all six season 1 episodes of the hit zombie-apocalypse drama based on the graphic novel by Robert Kirkman.

Kirkman even co-wrote a few episodes, including the haunting and suspenseful installment 'Tell It to the Frogs,' which saw lawman leader Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finally reuniting with his family after fending off gobs of hungry, undead Atlantans.

Filmmaker Frank Darabont ('The Mist,' 'Shawshank Redemption') is the mastermind behind the show's artful mix of panic and pathos. Darabont pops up in a producers' convention panel and a "making-of" featurette on the season 1 DVD and Blu-ray special features (sorry, no commentary).

The highly anticipated second season of 'The Walking Dead' premieres later this year, but the short first season should satisfy your zombie fix for now.

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'ReBoot' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for March 1, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 1st 2011 3:15PM
reboot shout factory dvdBefore 'The Matrix,' there was 'ReBoot.' OK, maybe that's taking it a little too far, but it's hard not to overstate the importance and influence of 'ReBoot' -- it was the first fully computer-generated animated TV series, after all.

The sci-fi adventure series, which aired on Saturday mornings in the U.S. in the mid 1990s, stood out not only because of its highly stylized (but admittedly clunky by today's standards) computer-generated visuals, but also for its ambitious serial storytelling and its sly take on the world's growing obsession with technology and video games.

Shout! Factory has released Seasons 1 and 2, packaged together, today as well as the nine-disc 'Definitive Mainframe Edition,' which features a 20-page booklet, making of doc, and episode commentary from the series creators. Shiver me templates!

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'Weeds' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online Feb. 22, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 22nd 2011 1:08PM
weeds season 6 dvdSeason 6 of 'Weeds,' released today on DVD and Blu-ray, saw the Botwins fleeing (again) from the law, from a rogue journalist, from angry baby mamas and from Nancy's mob boss husband Esteban after the shocking event of the season 5 finale.

The uneven season, with the Botwins usually on the road or trading locales in seemingly every other episode, almost felt like the show was trying to reinvent itself after every hour. But, as usual, everything was held together by an engaging season-long arc, the Botwin boys' growing pains (Silas found a new dad! Shane is a demented genius!), Uncle Andy's wise, X-rated quips and, of course, a sad-funny guest spot from Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss.

The emotional and exciting season finale still has fans looking forward to the show's seventh season, which premieres later this year.

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'Project Runway' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Feb. 8, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 8th 2011 2:50PM
The Weinstein CompanyAfter jumping from Bravo to Lifetime for season 7, and the cancellation of the vapid spinoff 'Models of the Runway,' 'Project Runway' took a risk and expanded its format for season 8.

Episodes were stretched to the extra-fabulous running time of 90 minutes, and 17 contestants were chosen (one more than usual).

'The Complete Eighth Season,' released today on DVD, kicked off with the show's shortest challenge ever -- the aspiring designers only had five hours to make it work -- as Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and returning judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors presided over a season full of bitchy bickering, stressful challenges, big upsets and a few stunning collections.

A few celebrity guest judges, including Selma Blair, Betsey Johnson, Kristen Bell and January Jones, arrived to help separate the hot messes from the future runway stars.

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'Cosby' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Feb. 1, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 1st 2011 4:10PM
the cosby showThe impact of 'The Cosby Show' on TV, our lives ... heck, the universe cannot be overstated.

Bill Cosby and crew revived the American sitcom, established the template for the modern half-hour family comedy, and remained at the top of the ratings for almost eight years. The classic show, which ran from 1984 to 1992, is a rerun staple, but you can now stream any episode you want, when you want, with all eight seasons available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

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'Glee' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Jan. 25, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 25th 2011 1:30PM
glee season 2 volumen 1 dvdCan't get enough 'Glee' in your life? Well, you're in luck. Hoping to cash in on the series' red-hot popularity, Fox is repeating the model it used last year and releasing the first half of the show's current season on DVD.

'Glee' Season 2, Volume 1, available today, features the first 10 episodes of the hit series' sophomore year.

This first batch of season 2 eps, from 'Audition' to last December's 'A Very Glee Christmas,' are worth re-watching to see Ryan Murphy and his game cast tackle some heavy issues like bullying, faith, coming to terms with one's sexual identity and, of course, Britney Spears. Plus Gwyneth Paltrow!

The three-disc set also boasts a few featurettes, including 'The Wit of Brittany,' which captures all of Brittany's quirky one-liners going back to season 1, and 'Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch,' which chronicles the creation of the Sue Sylvester statue at Madame Tussaud's museum. There's also a bonus 'Rocky Horror' song that was recorded specifically for the DVD release.

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'Justified' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for the Week of Jan. 18, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 19th 2011 10:35AM
justified dvd'Deadwood' alum Timothy Olyphant traded in his Old West dress hat for a Stetson to play a modern lawman in 'Justified,' the critically-acclaimed FX drama inspired by an Elmore Leonard short story.

The show, about a U.S. Marshal charged with cleaning up his Kentucky hometown, was a hit for the cable network, earning more than 4 million viewers for its premiere episode, the second highest debut for FX since 'The Shield.'

The first season of 'Justified' was met with universal acclaim and helped bumped Olyphant's star up a few letters on the alphabet.

Season 2 premieres Feb. 9, but you can catch up with Marshal Raylan's adventures now with the recent release of the first season on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs feature several episodes with commentary by the cast members and series developer Graham Yost as well as a special preview of the second season.

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'Hot in Cleveland' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Jan. 11, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 11th 2011 1:30PM
hot in cleveland season 1 dvdTV Land's surprise hit comedy 'Hot in Cleveland' takes the old fashioned approach to crafting a sitcom -- they do it in front of a live studio audience.

The show's cast also boasts the unstoppable Betty White and the lovely Valerie Bertinelli, as well as seasoned vets from sitcoms past, Jane Leeves ('Frasier') and Wendie Malick ('Just Shoot Me').

In the age of the single-camera comedy and the mockumentary, 'Hot in Cleveland' is definitely a throwback, but it's a funny, comforting and familiar throwback. Season 1, out on DVD today, also features guest spots from familiar faces like TV legend Carl Reiner, Susan Lucci and Huey Lewis.

The show heads back to the tube on June 15 with an even bigger lineup of guest stars, including Mary Tyler Moore, Isaiah Mustafa and Melanie Griffith.

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'The Sarah Jane Adventures' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Jan. 4, 2011

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 4th 2011 1:30PM
sarah jane adventures season 3 dvdFor most of The Doctor's companions, flying around in the TARDIS and battling Daleks and Cybermen is the most dangerous and exciting time of their lives. But not for Sarah Jane Smith; her life only got crazier after parting ways with The Doctor. Now she's forging her own strange sci-fi tinged path in the BBC's 'Doctor Who' spinoff 'The Sarah Jane Adventures.'

Essentially pitched as 'Doctor Who for Kids,' 'Sarah Jane,' created by former 'New Who' mastermind Russell T. Davies, has won over critics and audiences of all ages with imaginative storytelling, humor and an assured lead performance from Elisabeth Sladen.

Season 3 of 'The Sarah Jane Adventures,' on DVD today, finds Sarah Jane and crew teaming up with new alien friends and going on some memorable timey wimey trips of their own.

Despite some sketchy-looking visual and make-up effects here and there -- the result of a reportedly slashed budget -- season 3 of 'Sarah Jane' offers six episodes of witty and fun fantasy/sci-fi that, like 'Doctor Who,' isn't afraid to get a little dark and challenging every now and then.

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'Futurama' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Dec. 21, 2010

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 21st 2010 3:00PM
futuramaComedy nerds everywhere cheered when Comedy Central announced it was bringing 'Futurama' back to the tube. But after a series of hit-and-miss DVD movies (that also aired on Comedy Central) and talk of recasting the show's lead voice actors (luckily, that never happened), fans started feeling nervous about the relaunch of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's sharp, bitter and hilarious ode to the future.

As our own Danny Gallagher pointed out in his recaps of the show, the comeback started out on a rocky note with Groening and crew tying up the loose ends from the final DVD movie ('Into the Wild Green Yonder'). But the new season started to hit its stride around the halfway point with episodes about "robosexuality" -- the love that sprouts between a robot and a human -- and managed to end on a high note with an all-out mutant revolution.

The Volume 5 DVD and Blu-Ray set features commentary tracks for all 13 episodes, plus deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and "Bender's First, Best, and Only Music Video!" Watch an exclusive deleted scene clip from the DVD, after the jump.

Plus: TV Squad is giving away five copies of the 'Futurama: Volume 5' DVD. To enter the giveaway, scroll down to the bottom of the post for details.

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'24' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Dec. 14, 2010

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 14th 2010 1:00PM
24 season 8 dvdSeason 8 of '24' ran the gamut from suspenseful to predictable to just plain crazy. Luckily, there was one thing that remained consistent for all 24 hours -- Kiefer Sutherland's awesome performance as Jack Bauer.

Relive all the action and real-time WTF-ery with '24' The Complete Eighth Season' on DVD and Blu-ray. Hardcore fans can also pick up The Complete Series DVD box set, which also hits stores today.

Also new on DVD today:

'Army Wives' The Complete Fourth Season': Harry Hamlin, Ann Margaret and Gabrielle Union guest star on the fourth season of the hit Lifetime drama. Season 4 also features musical performances from Wynonna Judd and Five for Fighting.

'The IT Crowd' The Complete 4th Season':
The latest season of the geekiest Britcom of them all finally arrives stateside. It's only six episodes, but the laughs-per-minute ratio is pretty high, so it all balances out.

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